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New Research Begs a Different Approach to Motivation in the Workplace

The Ken Blanchard Companies®, makes the science of motivation a learnable skill.

PRLog - Sep. 27, 2012 - ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- SAN DIEGO, CA (September 27, 2012) — Traditional methods of motivation in the workplace relied on motivating people from the outside in, through external rewards or fear of negative consequences. While those practices may have worked in the 20th century, the latest research on motivation provides evidence that those methods most often do not work well enough for today’s workforce. In response to the learnings from this new research, The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a global leader in workplace leadership development, has created Optimal Motivation™, an innovative solution that takes the revolutionary science on motivation and makes it feasible in the work environment.

Coauthors Susan Fowler, Dr. David Facer, and Dr. Drea Zigarmi created the Optimal Motivation experience for leaders at all levels of an organization. The process empowers individuals to approach everyday tasks, goals, and situations with vigor, optimism, and creativity; and to sustain high levels of performance. "The value of the latest science of motivation is that it is finally helping us understand the spectrum of motivation in human beings," shares Fowler.

"Motivation can now be treated as a vital skill individuals can develop to further enrich the quality of their day-to-day experience at work, and also continually grow so they can enjoy fulfilling careers. It is also a skill managers can learn to enhance the work environment so that individuals find it much easier to innovate and perform at consistently high levels. Those dual outcomes are the intentions of this new approach to motivation," says Facer.

Optimal Motivation teaches individuals about the appraisal process we all experience at work, meeting the three basic psychological needs—Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competence—and the skills to reach a high quality of self-regulation. In turn, this process creates the ability to identify and choose a desired motivational experience. The program reveals a spectrum of motivation that alleviates the overly simplistic notion of intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation. It relieves the pressure of believing there is only one way to experience optimal motivation.

"Organizations do not have to wait for the traditional methods to be uprooted before taking advantage of the latest research," says Zigarmi. “The advantage is not just for the sake of the organization but to create personal energy, vitality, and a positive sense of well-being.”

Learn more about Optimal Motivation at: http://www.kenblanchard.com/Management_Training_Programs/...

More on The Ken Blanchard Companies
Blanchard® programs, which are based on the beliefs that people are the key to accomplishing strategic objectives and driving business results, develop excellence in leadership, teams, customer loyalty, change management, and performance improvement. The company’s continual research points to best practices for workplace improvement, while its world-class trainers and coaches drive organizational and behavioral change at all levels and help people make the shift from learning to doing.

Blanchard’s leadership principles are taught through interactive programs that combine 360-degree assessments, situational case studies, peer feedback, and alignment with core business objectives. Many Blanchard programs blend the use of elearning with instructor-led training.

Leadership experts from The Ken Blanchard Companies are available for workshops, consulting, and keynote addresses on organizational development, workplace performance, and business trends.

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